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The World's Greatest Music
Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream: William Shakespeare's plays and poetry have inspired everything from artwork to movie adaptations. Find out which composers took inspiration from the great playwright, creating some brilliant classical music in its own right.
Shakespeare's plays were known throughout Europe in various translations, but Richard III was the first to be issued in Czech in 1851. The production of the play in Prague prompted Smetana to study the musical responses of a fellow Shakespeare fan: Berlioz.
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